The anti-"beach read"
Because perfect vacations seldom make good literature
Une semaine de vacances
The very graphic account of a vacation in Isère of a father and daughter in an incestuous relationship. Very disturbing. All the trigger warnings.
After his father's death, Michel a fonctionnaire in his forties takes a group holiday to Thailand and stumbles upon love and sex tourism. Classic Houellebecq.
read more: Julian Barnes in the New Yorker, "Hate and hedonism" 2003
A young British backpacker in Thailand is given a map to an isolated, idyllic island inaccessible by tourists.
Death in Venice
An older writer suffering writer's block goes to Venice and becomes obsessed by the sight of a beautiful 14 year old boy before succumbing to cholera.
The talented Mr Ripley
The young conman Tom Ripley is offered a reward to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf from a vacation in Italy, but he soon finds himself obsessed with becoming Dickie. Enough to kill him?